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Margan Chardonnay

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

When you consider the fruit comes off 40-year-old vines, and it sees a touch of oak, this is a deadset bargain! Aromas of tropical fruits, yellow citrus and roasted nuts rise from the glass before the palate kicks in with ripe melon flavours, a slight creamy texture, and a decent lemony finish. This would be great with roast chicken and stuffing. 

Winemaker's Notes

Gold green in colour and exhibits a complex bouquet of grapefruit and melon with hints of well-integrated subtle nutty oak aromas. The palate is textured and offers an attractive mouth feel with great structure, richness and balance. It is beautifully balanced with a long, lingering finish. Enjoy as a young wine and over the next 3 -5 years with careful cellaring. - Andrew Margan, Winemaker.

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Margan Chardonnay

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Full straw-green; from 40-year-old vines, and partially matured in new French oak barriques for 6 months; picked at the right time to protect acidity and enliven the white peach and melon varietal fruit. Great value.
To 2016
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
92
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Punchy ripe aromas of lemon sherbet, melon and green olive over meaty hints of creamy lees influences and a whiff of mineral precede a luscious, round and almost syrupy palate whose plush, juicy fruit has a fine chalky undercarriage. It finishes soft, and is likely to age quickly.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
87
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Traditional Hunter Valley style, with stone fruit and melon partially barrel fermented and matured in French oak; the oak is well integrated and balanced; finishes with good acidity; 40-year-old vines play their part.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
90
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
New label, old vines, exciting wine. Tight and fresh from start to finish, if this is the new direction for Hunter Chardonnay then bring 'em on! Lingering grapefruit, lemon and white peach fruit with hints of vanilla pod and cashew nut French oak to support.
94
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Nectarine, melon and peach with complex barrel ferment/wild yeast/lees inputs; powerful wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
90
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
A charming, early-drinking chardonnay whose fresh peachy, citrusy fruit reveals light tropical undertones. Matched to sweet, buttery cashew/vanilla oak, its long, smooth palate of stonefruit flavours finishes with refreshing acidity. Attractive elegance and brightness.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
88
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Bright yellow-green; complex barrel ferment inputs to stone fruit/peach flavours; nice balancing acidity.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
90
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
Lightly dusty aromas of lemon sherbet, peach and melon with nutty undertones precede a smooth, gentle palate of medium intensity and richness. Its restrained peach and melon flavours culminate in a refreshing green apple finish with nuances of tobacco.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
88
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Medium bodied; complex yet smooth, with well integrated oak and melon/peach fruit; good length and balance.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
91
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Medium yellow-green; a very complex bouquet with lots of toasty oak, but also powerful fruit. The palate is abundantly flavoured, with rich, yellow peach fruit flavours and complementary toasty oak. A quick-developing style best enjoyed now.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
88
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Medium to full yellow-green; the bouquet is quite complex, with attractive barrel-ferment characters imposed on smooth melon fruit. The palate follows on convincingly, with length and style.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
91

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